MFL at Grimley and Holt
We teach French at Grimley and Holt as this supports their transition into our local high schools. Children learn to communicate confidently and express their thoughts and ideas both in speech and writing. We follow Rising Stars Euro Stars scheme of work across Key Stage 2. Children engage in video stories, songs and games and have the opportunity to learn French vocabulary linked to a range of topics including money, animals and school. Throughout the week, the children are encouraged to use their French learning to answer the register. Early language learning is important as it gives children a good understanding of the structure of other languages and it gives children the opportunity to develop their cultural understanding. It also supports the children’s transition into local high schools which also teach French alongside other languages.
Sequences of learning focused on Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing and understanding of Grammar are shown below, along with the vocabulary the children accrue during their French work in Key Stage 2.
Our MFL curriculum is designed to be progressive, with children’s vocabulary building through Key Stage 2. Each year group complete 5 units. During the units, the children have the opportunity to practise and apply their speaking, listening, reading, writing skills and also develop their understanding of grammar.
Our French programme follows the National Curriculum:
Pupils are taught to:
- listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
- explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
- engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help*
- speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
- develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases*
- present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences*
- read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
- appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
- broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
- write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
- describe people, places, things and actions orally* and in writing
- understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English
The starred (*) content above will not be applicable to ancient languages.
French in KS2
The language curriculum supports many other subject areas, and children’s use of language is enriched by application within the Mantle of the Expert.
MFL and SMSC
Spiritual: MFL supports Spiritual development by getting the pupils excited about learning about the world around them.
Moral: MFL supports Moral development by encouraging pupils to recognise the importance of learning a MFL from another country to enable them to respect how difficult it is when people visit Britain and try to speak a new language.
Social: MFL supports Social development by allowing children to work with a partner or as part of a group.
Cultural: MFL Supports Cultural development by encouraging children to appreciate the similarities and differences between France and Britain.
The contribution of MFL to teaching in other curriculum areas
The learning of a modern foreign language contributes to the development of our children’s listening and speaking skills. It also develops the children’s grasp of linguistic features such as rhyme, rhythm and emphasises the importance of knowing the role of different word types in sentence structure.
Children reinforce their time-telling skills by playing time-related games in the foreign language. We play number games, too, that reinforce their counting and calculation skills, expand their understanding of date, and increase their knowledge about money.
Personal, social and health education (PSHE)
One of the main benefits to the children of learning a modern foreign language at primary school level is a social one. It gives the children the opportunity to learn about cultures from a different country. Lessons also give children the opportunity to take part in paired/ group work.
We ask the children to do research on the different countries in which the French language is spoken after they have first found them on a map or a globe. In MFL lessons children will learn the names of cities and towns in France and will also begin to describe the weather.
Videos, games and programmes are used on the interactive whiteboard support and engage children in their French learning.
Every year, we hold a French day to promote French/language learning throughout school. The Year 5 children hold a French market which links to the learning they complete in class. The other classes complete a range of activities to support their language learning and give them an increasing understanding of the History, Geography and Culture of France.